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Robert Simmons

Bob Simmons

Villa Park, IL USA | Listener Since 2000

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  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "An epiphany"
    Overall

    If you have ever wondered how those evil terrorists see the United States, or for that matter, if you have ever wondered just why do so many foreigners see things differently than we who were blessed to be born American, then this book will be a real eye-opener.

    Suppose the proverbial "man from Mars" came to visit planet Earth. He doesn't understand anybody's language here; all he can do is see what we do. How can he tell the difference between acts of the terrorists who blow up buildings and buses, hurting and killing people, from the acts state-sponsored retaliation when the Israeli defense forces shoot missiles at homes from helicopter gunships, hurting and killing people?

    The lesson of this book is to stop parroting the political catch-phrases our leaders and their ememies use to justify their behavior and look at the behavior itself. If you read this book with an open mind you will never be the same.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Teenage Diaries: Juan in Denver, CO, Back to Mexico

    • NONE (13 mins)
    • By Juan in Denver, CO
    • Narrated By Juan in Denver, CO
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Juan is a Mexican teenager. In his first diary, Looking at the Rio Grande, Juan's story was about his life as an illegal immigrant living in El Cenizo, Texas, several years after he and his family crossed the border into the United States. In this diary, Juan has left his family in Texas and moved to Denver, CO to look for work. He returns to Mexico to visit his dying grandfather. This is his story.

    Robert Simmons says: "Incrediblly eye-opening"
    "Incrediblly eye-opening"
    Overall

    This teenage diary is an eye-opening window onto a world most Americans know nothing about, of what it is like to be a Mexican immigrant in this country. The strength of the family bonds and the determination and struggle to succeed and survive are inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "The latest volley in a massive smear campaign..."
    Overall

    This book doesn't surprise me. Released to coincide with Hillary Clinton's book this is just the latest example of the "Big Lie" phenomenon that any outrageous lie repeated often enough and loudly enough will begin to sound sensible to individuals. This book is the worst form of demogoguery. It is no accident our country prospered as it did during Clinton's administration. Despite his personal problems (sexual addiction), Mr. Clinton was a highly capable and effective leader for his country. When the right figured out they couldn't beat him at the polls they decided he must be destroyed at all costs.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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